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Miguel Puente dances with the ball. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

The wind snapped hard, the photographer’s finger on his camera even harder.

Battling through some truly-impressive wind gusts Friday, wanderin’ cameraman John Fisken managed to stay upright long enough to snap pics of the Coupeville High School boys soccer squad in action.

To see everything he shot, and ponder buying some glossies for Aunt Myrtle in Palm Springs, pop over to:

https://www.johnsphotos.net/Sports/Coupeville-soccer-2020-2021/BS-2021-09-17-vs-Orcas/

 

CHS girls soccer players come out to support their male counterparts.

Andrew Williams prepares to launch a rocket.

Aidan Wilson maintains a laser focus.

Buffeted by the breeze, Wolf players huddle low to hear coach Robert Wood (in black jacket) discuss strategy.

Coupeville fans try and pretend they’re warm. Spoiler: they’re not.

Grant Steller runs away from the defense.

Alex Murdy is off to create some havoc.

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Jill Prince dominates at the net for an undefeated CHS volleyball team. (Photos by JohnsPhotos.net)

After a week off, Scott Hilborn and Co. open Northwest 2B/1B League play at home against La Conner.

The view is nice from the top.

Two of the four Coupeville High School fall sports teams which keep win/loss records find themselves in first place as of this morning.

The high-flying Wolf volleyball team sits alone at 3-0 in Northwest 2B/1B League play, while the CHS girls are tied at 1-0 with defending champs Mount Vernon Christian.

Now, both of those teams, and Coupeville’s football, boys soccer, and cross country programs head into a busy week.

The Wolf spikers host Cedar Park Christian-Bothell Monday in a non-conference bout, then travel to Darrington Wednesday for a league rumble.

After that, volleyball closes the week with an appearance Saturday at a tourney in Sultan.

Coupeville’s soccer squads each play twice in the week ahead, with the girls traveling to MVC Tuesday, before hosting non-league rival Granite Falls Thursday.

The Wolf boys host Grace Academy Tuesday, and are off to visit Friday Harbor on Friday.

Out on the gridiron, Coupeville returns to action after a week off, hosting La Conner Friday in a major league battle.

Rounding out things, the CHS cross country program — the one which doesn’t keep win/loss records — runs three times.

Tuesday, the Wolves are at Orcas, Friday they’re home at Fort Casey, and Saturday brings a visit to the Roller Coaster Trail Run, hosted by King’s.

Where things stand through Sept. 19:

 

Northwest League boys soccer:

School League Overall
PC Christian 4-0-0 4-0-0
Orcas Island 2-0-0 2-0-0
MV Christian 3-1-0 3-1-0
Friday Harbor 1-2-0 1-2-0
Grace Academy 1-2-0 1-2-0
La Conner 1-2-0 1-2-0
Lopez Island 1-2-0 1-2-0
Coupeville 0-2-0 0-2-0
CPC-Lynnwood 0-2-0 0-2-0

 

Northwest League football:

School League Overall
Friday Harbor 1-0 1-2
Concrete 0-0 0-1
Coupeville 0-0 0-2
Darrington 0-0 1-1
La Conner 0-1 0-2

 

Northwest League girls soccer:

School League Overall
Coupeville 1-0-0 1-1-0
MV Christian 1-0-0 4-0-1
Friday Harbor 0-1-0 0-4-0
La Conner 0-1-0 0-1-0

 

Northwest League volleyball:

School League Overall
Coupeville 3-0 3-0
La Conner 1-0 2-0
Darrington 1-1 4-1
MV Christian 1-1 1-1
Orcas Island 1-1 1-2
Concrete 0-2 0-2
Friday Harbor 0-2 0-3

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Nick Guay delivered a stellar defensive performance Friday while playing in a ferocious wind storm. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

It was an experience.

Friday’s boys soccer clash between Coupeville High School and visiting Orcas Island was less about the final score, and more about the various feats of strength pulled off by Mother Nature.

Yes, the Vikings left Cow Town with a 3-0 win, scoring all of their goals with the wind at their back in the second half.

And yes, the loss to the defending Northwest 2B/1B League champs drops the Wolves to 0-2 on the still-young season.

But long after the game results fade from memory, everyone will still be talking about the weather, which was rough even by Whidbey standards.

Catching the brunt of a passing storm, Coupeville’s Mickey Clark Field endured 200 MPH winds all game, though not a drop of rain.

What? You say it wasn’t really 200 MPH?

OK, we’ll split the difference and settle on 197 MPH.

Cause that’s how it felt while watching the flag pole at the stadium nearly bend in half as I walked past it on the way to my truck.

It was the kind of day when it was good the game started at 4 PM, and not 6 PM, as the power went out midway through the first half, while the press box creaked like it was about to go airborne and hurtle Wizard of Oz-style across the prairie.

Down on the pitch, players from both teams spent most of the game bent over, while the refs clung to their flags for dear life.

A bird, flying low and lean, stuck his tongue out at the folks in the stands, then regretted it when a wall of wind sent him cartwheeling back towards the far end of the field.

Off in the distance, the entire infield at the CHS baseball diamond lifted up and departed for a road trip, a wall of dirt moving like a bat out of Hell.

Closer to the action, a wayward plastic bag — acting like the scene-stealer from American Beauty — danced the dance of its people, whirling and twirling a different direction with each gust.

Up in that creaking press box, the one of us who spent most Friday nights back in 1999 renting VHS tapes slowly realized no current CHS student was alive when that angsty flick won Oscars — making my shout-out to it probably pointless.

But, anyway…

The game itself, held in the middle of a cyclone gettin’ it on in a raunchy three-way with a tornado and a hurricane, was a scoreless battle for the first 40 minutes.

Coupeville opened with the wind at its back, which meant the Wolves had a much-easier time pushing the pace of play.

Unfortunately for the Wolves, while they had several decent looks at the net, nothing got past the Orcas goaltender.

The Vikings didn’t do much on offense, what with the wind straight-up brutalizing them, but the visitors did mount one fairly intense charge late in the half.

The Orcas shooter came crashing hard against Wolf goalie Aidan Wilson, but Nick Guay, hustlin’ his buns off, slid in at the last moment and used a toe to deflect the ball away and out of bounds.

Coming out of halftime, the teams switched sides, and that was enough to give Orcas a boost.

Cadence Kraayeveld got the only goal which truly mattered, on a ball which narrowly got past Coupeville goalie Alex Murdy, then the wind assisted scores #2 and #3.

With his teammates unable to get the ball past midfield more than once or twice while going against the wind, Murdy was a busy man and played much-better than the score might indicate.

“Big props to Alex on playing both attack and goal,” said CHS coach Robert Wood. “Obviously, his athleticism is going to be a huge bonus to our team no matter where he plays.

“Tough to get him not to be frustrated though … he’s a perfectionist and did not like being scored on.

“However, I’ll say it again — I don’t care about goals. I care about what you do after.”

Coupeville opened its season with games against what are likely the two best teams in the NWL, and while the resulting growing pains hurt, they will hopefully pay off down the road.

“The team played well, but it’s obvious what needs work … space, timing, shape,” Wood said.

“Shape deteriorated quickly — which kills the spacing everyone expected — which kills the timing needed to be a cohesive, functional unit.

“A frustrating loss,” he added. “We played way better than the scoreboard shows, and hopefully next game will display our abilities more directly.”

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Coupeville Athletic Director Willie Smith shut down his middle school boys soccer program, at least for a season. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

A little less soccer this season.

Pitch fans will still be able to watch both Coupeville High School programs play, but the farm team is taking the fall off.

Athletic Director Willie Smith confirmed Monday that the Coupeville Middle School boys soccer season has been cancelled.

The decision was based on the program — which is currently without a coach — being unable to attract enough interested players.

CMS, which is returning to action after playing just intramurals last season due to Covid, will still field volleyball and cross country programs this fall.

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Freshman Mason Butler shared time in goal in Coupeville’s season opener. (Photo by JohnsPhotos.net)

They’re not yet at full force.

The Coupeville High School boys soccer squad opened a new season Tuesday with a limited roster, yet still put up a good fight.

While the Wolves fell 4-0 at Mount Vernon Christian, second-year CHS head coach Robert Wood came away pleased with some of what he saw.

“Pretty good play considering the novice team, only two subs, and another five on the bench waiting for eligibility,” he said.

Thanks to a quirk in the schedule, Coupeville has plenty of time to get everyone on the roster ready before its next game.

The original home opener set for this Friday was cancelled when Cedar Park Christian begged off due to a lack of players.

That means the Wolves don’t play again until Sept. 17, when they host defending Northwest 2B/1B League champ Orcas Island.

After that, the games start coming much-quicker, with CHS currently sitting with a 15-game schedule.

Or, 16 if CPC reschedules.

Tuesday, Coupeville split time in net between junior Aidan Wilson, who patrolled the goal in the first half, and freshman Mason Butler, who got the call after halftime.

Both Wolf goalies surrendered a pair of scores.

Wood praised the work put in by his active players, with hard-charging senior Xavier Murdy “running himself into the ground” while covering every inch of the field.

The Wolf coach also offered “special consideration to Cameron Epp and Nick Guay” for stepping up and claiming the center back spots formerly held by now-graduated stars Owen Barenburg and Sam Wynn.

With plenty of time between games one and two, Wood is ready to get back to the practice field with his young, relatively-inexperienced team.

“(We’ve got) 999 things to work on,” he said. “Orcas is next week … time to practice and get more players.”

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